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These are some of the preliminary information you need to know about your upcoming safari in Tanzania.
Trip style

Which style of trip is right for me?
Our three styles of travel – Budget, Midrange, and Luxury – cover a whole gamut of travel experiences. Depending on your budget, time, and interests, safari packages come in different shapes and sizes. More elaborately, accommodation, food, and mode of transport are the main determinants of the price of safari packages. Some people prefer to use planes, balloons, or safari jeeps while others choose to sleep in luxury lodges, tented campsite, or in a tent. Safari jeeps can range from $200 to $250 per day, while balloons and planes can range from $500 to $1000 per day, depending on the distance covered. Full board accommodation in lodges can range from $300 to $2000 per night, while a night in a public campsite can range from $50 to $200. We have special tour operator rates from all third party lodges and tented campsite, so if you have a particular location in mind, we can get special rates for you, to include in your package.

Are trips physically demanding?
Want to lie in a hammock and not move until cocktail hour? We’ve got a trip for that. Want to power up the side of mountain at high altitude? We’ve also got a trip for that. To determine what type of trip suits you best, each of our trips comes with a Physical Rating to let you know how physically demanding it is… or isn’t. Find out more about ratings.

Travelling with children

Does Travelicious have family trips?
Travelicious offers a wide range of Family Adventures around the globe. The minimum age (for Family trips) varies depending on destination, and Travelicious has set minimum ages to ensure that the included activities suit each age range. Additionally, you’ll notice that some of the more adventurous destinations have a higher minimum age. Please click here full details and FAQs associated with our Family Adventures.

Travelling in a group

Who are Travelicious travellers?
Travelicious adventures are for travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is an Travelicious adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Travelicious adventure has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. No special skills are required for most adventures, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers.

How many people will be on my trip?
Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travellers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?
For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website. Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.

Travelling solo

I’m travelling alone – is that OK?
This is the beauty of the Travelicious style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. Find out more

If I am travelling solo, will I be charged a single supplement?
As a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same gender, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement (available on the majority of our trips).

If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly.

Room types

Can we book a triple room?
Depending on the trip style you choose, our trips are organised on a twin, triple or multishare basis. As our bookings are made well in advance, individual room requests can’t be guaranteed.

Can I book a single room?
You can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis; however, throughout your Travelicious trip, rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. Some trips do have a single supplement available – check a trip’s overview page on our website, or their Trip Notes, to see whether a single supplement is offered. If so, please request this at the time of booking.

Food, drink and dietary requirements

I have special dietary requirements – will they be catered for?
We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

What will the food be like on my trip?
Food is one of the most exciting parts of travel. There may be some familiar fare but often you’ll be confronted with the new, interesting and downright weird of the culinary world but we like to think of it as an adventure for all the senses. In addition to this, our flexible itineraries often allow you to eat with the group or branch out on your own – this means you can eat to suit any budget or desire.

Can I drink the water in the countries I visit?
In some destinations it may not be wise to drink the local water. For more details, you can find country-specific information in our fantastic Destination Pages, which can be found in the red menu bar at the top of our home page, or by going to the belo and then choosing the destination you are travelling to.

Trip style

Which style of trip is right for me?
Our three styles of travel – Budget, Midrange, and Luxury – cover a whole gamut of travel experiences. Depending on your budget, time, and interests, safari packages come in different shapes and sizes. More elaborately, accommodation, food, and mode of transport are the main determinants of the price of safari packages. Some people prefer to use planes, balloons, or safari jeeps while others choose to sleep in luxury lodges, tented campsite, or in a tent. Safari jeeps can range from $200 to $250 per day, while balloons and planes can range from $500 to $1000 per day, depending on the distance covered. Full board accommodation in lodges can range from $300 to $2000 per night, while a night in a public campsite can range from $50 to $200. We have special tour operator rates from all third party lodges and tented campsite, so if you have a particular location in mind, we can get special rates for you, to include in your package.

Are trips physically demanding?
Want to lie in a hammock and not move until cocktail hour? We’ve got a trip for that. Want to power up the side of Mount Kilimanjaro at high altitude? We’ve also got a trip for that. To determine what type of trip suits you best, each of our trips comes with a Physical Rating to let you know how physically demanding it is. Generally speaking, game drives are not physically demanding at all. You sit in a car as you tour around, although some of the roads in the park are very gravy, rough, and bumpy, hence people with severe back problems or heavily pregnant individuals may find it harmful. Walking safaris, hiking, or biking tours have some level of physicality, but most importantly, please notify us of any health concerns before booking your tour.

Travelling with children

Does Staajabu have family trips?
Staajabu Travel offers a wide range of Family Adventures to many destinations in Tanzania. The minimum age (for Family trips) varies depending on destination, risk, and physicality. Game drives in safari parks have no age limit but certain activities do, such as walking safaris, biking, or hiking mountains. Minors under the age of 10 need to have an accompanying adult on a tour.

Travelling in a group

Do you have packages for different languages?
Yes! We receive guests from all parts of the world. Coupled with that we have professional guides that can speak various languages across a plethora of demographics, from Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Japanese etc.

How many people will be on my trip?
Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities and wildlife parks without intimidating the locals or destroying nature. On most of our trips, you’ll be part of an intimate group of 2-7 people, though our group sizes are on average 4 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 8 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?
For the majority of our trips, the minimum age is 4. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 10. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures. Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.

Travelling solo

I’m traveling alone – is that OK?
This is the beauty of Staajabu’s style of travel. You can get to choose who you travel with. Solo packages can have a higher price because you don’t have a group to share the costs with but many of our travelers want to have a private tour while others like to join other solo travelers because they want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

If I am traveling solo, will I be charged a single supplement?
As a solo traveler, you will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same gender, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement (available on the majority of our trips).

If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at the time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly.

Room types

Which type of room can I book?
Depending on the trip style you choose, our trips get organized on a single, twin, triple, or multi-share basis. We have special contract agreements with lodges and hotels to accommodate our guests most flexibly.

What”s included in camping accommodation?
A camping tour includes a tent(for two people), mattress, chair, sleeping bag, and a private chef with three meals per day, at a campsite with hot showers and toilets. This package is the most sought after as it provides the most with a small budget.

Food, drink and dietary requirements

I have special dietary requirements – will they be catered for?
We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

What will the food be like on my trip?
Food is one of the most exciting parts of travel. There may be some familiar fare but often you’ll be confronted with the new, interesting, and downright adventure of the African culinary flavors but we like to think of it as an adventure for all the senses. During a safari, you may eat packed lunch which is served on a picnic site by your guide, as the lodge may be located far while you may need to continue with the game drive. In addition to this, our flexible itineraries often allow you to eat with the group or branch out on your own(only while in towns or cities but not inside parks) – this means you can eat to suit any budget or desire.

Can I drink the water in the places I visit?
In some destinations, it may not be wise to drink the local water, especially tap water as some places have perforated water channels that might have been contaminated with dirt. We provide bottled water in all our safaris at all times. In most cases, you can use tap water to shower, brush, wash but not for drinking, except when it’s boiled and treated.

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Currency information

What is the currency in my destination? How much should I take in credit cards/cash? Can I use my credit card during my trip?
Our Blog Notes include an article on ‘Spending money’. Please refer to this for an idea of budgets. Travelers’ cheques are not common practice anymore so it is a good idea to travel with a credit card and ATM card, or a bank-issued ‘cash card’ specifically for travel. Having a couple of options will assure that you are covered if one doesn’t work. In certain destinations, it comes down to potluck if you can withdraw money.

What about communications?

How do I reach my family overseas during my safari?
Our safaris and tours are mostly to remote places where telecommunications may not be very viable so we advise you to get a local phone line in Arusha or at your port of entry. This may be very useful, as most local networks provide a cheap 4G network that is accessible from anywhere in the country but some lodges and hotels in the parks, also provide good free Wifi.

Travel insurance

Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance is not compulsory for all Staajabu travelers, but we highly advise you to be covered, especially during mountain hiking, walking safaris, and various other adventurous endeavors.

What does my policy need to cover?
At a minimum, your travel insurance should be ‘comprehensive,’ providing cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation, and personal liability. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Visa information

How do I find out about the visa requirements for the trip I want?
While we do include information in our Trip Notes about visa requirements, we always recommend that passengers check with their local embassy or the immigration authority’s website, as visa rules can change without warning. Embassy websites in your home country will always have information about requirements, visa costs and will provide the required forms.

How do I organize my Visa?

Any foreigner traveling to Tanzania needs a valid passport with at least a six-month validity before its expiration date after returning from your journey. For certain countries, a referral visa or special permit is required to gain access through the customs. We advise you to make preliminary immigration plans at least two months before booking your safari. Visa processing for some countries can require more than six weeks before the arrival date.

Please contact the relevant local embassy, or visit the immigration website to book an appointment or make an application: www.immigration.go.tz

Can I get a Visa on arrival?

In the case of Visas on Arrival, it is best to have your loaded Visa or Mastercard ready at the airport because cash is not accepted.

My application says I need a letter of invitation or other supporting documentation, do you provide these?

It would be best if you had relevant onward/return flight tickets or validity of any other means of transport, authorizing the traveler to depart the country in which your vacation ends. Any traveler visiting Tanzania should have a confirmation of adequate funds, for example, through a credit or debit card, bank statement, etc., that validates the ability to purchase air tickets to depart the country. Having adequate travel insurance is vital but not necessary to visit the country. You must also have a port of arrival, that is the address of your intended place of stay (Which will be provided to you on your invitation letter, after booking your safari).

Safety and medical information

I am concerned about the political stability of the country through which my trip will travel.
The safety of our tourists and partners is a major priority for Staajabu Travel. With this in mind, we monitor world events very closely and Staajabu makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources, in particular, the level of the ministry of natural resources and tourism or international affairs. Luckily enough, Tanzania is one of the most peaceful nations in the world according to the Global Peace Index.

How safe are my belongings whilst on the trip?
While we take all the precautions we can to make sure your belongings are safe and sound. Travel insurance and a lockable bag or money belt will always help, especially with things like baggage loss at the airport.

What is the best way to carry money?
We recommend having access to money from a variety of sources – cash, cards, and travel money cards are all commonly used. You can check out our article on the best money handling techniques while in Tanzania.

What should I bring?

What type of luggage do you recommend I take?
The lighter, the better. Two large bags at most are recommended. On most Intrepid trips, you will be required to carry at least a backpack luggage, like visiting chimpanzees on Mahale national park. We, therefore, recommend you travel with a backpack. For a full list of what to take on your adventure, see our Ultimate Packing List.

Can I store excess luggage at the starting point hotel?
Most starting point hotels can store your excess luggage for you; however, this is at your own risk. Often a nominal fee is charged for this service. Of course, this is only an advantage if your trip is circular (i.e., returning to the same starting point).

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
We only have a handful of itineraries where sleeping bags are required, and these are generally trips that involve camping. When we use homestays, blankets are provided, but some travelers feel more comfortable with their sleeping bag or sleep sheet. This decision is a personal preference, but we can also provide tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, chairs, and much more travel gear.

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